Ciao Italia – Santa Croce

Santa Croce is a large Renaissance church that was built by a Franciscan order in honor of St. Francis. Because St. Francis eschewed unnecessary embellishmnents, the church is fairly simple for it’s era. It is, however, famous for who’s buried there. Galileo, Rossini, Dante Alighieri, and Michaelangelo. This is a photo of Michelangelo’s tomb. It was designed to honor the three field of endeavor that made him famous – painting, sculputure and architecture. The tomb features a trompe l’oiele canopy, angels and painted architectural pillars that top a facade that looks like a building. The three statues sitting guard also depict these three styles of art. Michelangelo is actually buried below the floor and not in the tomb.

xoxo Linda